Lazy Days, Turquoise Waters, Bahamian Breezes..
As you make your way around this magical island, you’ll find the landscape surrounded by natural beaches. Whether your vacations plans are to sunbathe on the beach, snorkel, shop, or just relax.. the Bahamas is a great place to do it! The days are long and the islanders are welcoming. Take a deep breath, enjoy the views and let the enchanting calm of the turquoise waters and the warm Bahamian breeze release your everyday stresses.
In And Around Nassau in The Bahamas
Nassau is an eclectic city where you’ll find small boutiques and souvenir shops nestled next to Gucci and Cartier. Take time to wander the streets and take it all in. The downtown area is home to some amazing restaurants. The Straw Market has some great souvenirs if you can handle the ‘hawking’. I can’t handle that type of shopping experience on vacation. So I say, forget the souvenirs and stop for a drink! Lukka Kairi had a great view and live music during the day. Much of the activity centers around the times the cruise ships are in port.
When you’re done with the city and need a little lounge time, a popular destination is Junkanoo Beach. Interestingly, this beach is just outside the city area.
Try the Tiki Bikini Hut and ask for the VIP!… for $35 you’ll get two chairs, an umbrella, six drinks and six shots. It was definitely an experience. Don’t expect full service and know ahead of time that there is no ‘top shelf’ liquor available. This little shack of a bar seems to have a big following! Nice view too!
We decided to do leave the beach and do a little sightseeing. Wrong choice. We went to see the Queen’s Staircase and the Old Water Tower. It’s really not that exciting.
Ever Thought About Swimming With the Dolphins?
For a little excitement, there are so many water related excursions and day trips available. An adventure not to be missed is the Blue Lagoon Dolphin Swim! I loved it! I’ve always wanted to do it, but truth be told, I’m afraid of the water and wasn’t sure how I would handle being dumped in the deep with these friendly but large mammals. It was a little scary at first, but I’m so glad that I did it. Just a small panic attack at the end, before two dolphins ‘foot pushed’ me through the lagoon. I lived through it and it was truly an experience to remember!! In addition, Blue Lagoon Island has a great beach area and you’re welcome to spend the day there.
Let’s Talk About The Food
First of all, the food in the Bahamas is very expensive. Going to the grocery store was an eye opener, so plan to spend more than average on food. There are many outstanding restaurants in and around the area. Some of the most notable are Café Matisse with outstanding food and a great atmosphere with an outdoor dining area. If you’re looking for a special night out, consider Sopadilla Estate. It’s a bit pricey but the food, service and ambience are all well above par. Our favorite was Graycliffe, set in a 1740 mansion. The food was fabulous, the tour of their award-winning wine cellar interesting, and the hand-rolled cuban cigars were a great touch. Visit the lounge, before or after dinner, the piano player will be sure to make it a memorable evening! She’s fabulous!
Private Home or Resort…
We rented a beautiful private luxury home on the island. Our accommodations were a little ‘over the top’, but that’s a little easier to do if you can share the cost with friends. It’s a great way to stay on the island and my preferred method of travel. I enjoy the ‘live like a local’ feeling. We were able to get some fresh grouper at the docks just east of the Paradise Island bridge for grilling. Note: The locals will fight for your fish head and bones, they consider ‘fish head soup’ a delicacy and pay $15 – 17 a bowl for it. (They can have my share too.) Try Homeaway.com‘s vacation rentals for a ‘local’ experience.’
Aside from Paradise Island, most of the hotels are located in the Cable Beach area, just west of the city, but there isn’t a lot of nightlife in there. A new project, The Baha Mar, a resort and casino which would have brought some nightlife and a little healthy competition for Atlantis, has never been completed. The developers declared bankruptcy and the project remains at a standstill.
The Atlantis on Paradise Island is still a great but pricey place to stay. The big nightlife venue is still there but you don’t have to stay there to enjoy a night out at the casino. The Marina area at the Atlantis is a nice way to spend the evening and has several dining options available as well.
If you’re looking for a tropical vacation, Nassau/Paradise Island is a great choice. For some great deals, click on the link below to plan your vacation in paradise!
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